Valentine’s Day this year is on a Monday — the day of the week better known for the resumption of the daily grind more than for romance.
But, hey, wouldn’t it be fun to ignore those negative connotations and start the week off right with a lovely feast with your sweetie? Some restaurants are offering special menus for the special occasion. Others that are normally dark at the start of the week are turning on the lights and opening the doors just so you and your bae can have a special day.
Here are just a few of the Vermont restaurants looking to make your Monday meal memorable this Valentine’s Day (oh, and check their COVID-19 requirements before you book):
Bistro de Margot
This fine French-dining destination is offering a $125 prepaid dinner for Valentine’s Day that starts with a herring-filet amuse bouche and includes a trio of starter options. Main-course selections feature roasted-veal tenderloin, stuffed sole filet and lobster and a wild-mushrooms tartlet — with desserts to follow, of course.
Bistro de Margot, 126 College St., Burlington. (802) 863-5200, www.bistrodemargot.com
Here’s one of those restaurants that’s normally closed on Mondays but will make an exception for Valentine’s Day. Chef’s Corner has a to-go menu for the day that starts with a salad, offers a sirloin-steak or vegetarian main course ($38 for the meat-based option, $34 for the veggie choice) and tops it all off with a Belgian chocolate mousse served with a raspberry coulis.
Chef’s Corner, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Williston. (802) 878-5524, www.chefscornervermont.com
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The Grafton Inn
How about a road trip to the perfectly-romantic little burg of Grafton? For this year’s Valentine’s Day, the restaurant at The Grafton Inn is serving up a dinner ($80 per person) featuring starters such as oyster and rabbit with poached pear; entrees including crusted halibut, lobster Wellington and pear-and-gorgonzola ravioli; and strawberry ice cream with chocolate sauce or raspberry mousse for dessert.
The Grafton Inn, 92 Main St., Grafton. (802) 843-2248, www.graftoninnvermont.com
Speaking of romantic little burgs, Stowe Village hits the sweet spot in the heart of a cozy winter like this one. Harrison’s Restaurant has a four-course, $125-per-person Valentine’s Day menu with options including lobster bisque, shaved asparagus salad, a “farm and fowl” entrée featuring duck paired with a four-ounce filet mignon followed by flan for dessert.
Harrison’s Restaurant, 25 Main St., Stowe. (802) 253-7773, www.harrisonsstowe.com
Michael’s on the Hill
On the way to Stowe from Interstate 89, Michael’s is offering a complete menu for $77 per person ($125 including wine) providing choices such as birch-glazed pork belly, oyster bisque, a red-wine-braised short rib and pear Riesling sorbet, ending with a Valentine’s Day cookie. (Patrons can add $15 to their bill by ordering freshly-shaved black truffles for their bisque.)
Michael’s on the Hill, 4182 Waterbury-Stowe Road (Vermont 100), Waterbury Center. (802) 244-7476, www.michaelsonthehill.com
Couples do not live by meat alone, right? This vegetarian/vegan restaurant in downtown Burlington hasn’t announced its Valentine’s Day menu yet but is touting on its Facebook page that, unlike the norm, it will be open on a Monday for the special day for lovers. “It’s a Valentine’s Day miracle!” according to Revolution Kitchen.
Revolution Kitchen, 9 Center St., Burlington. (802) 448-3657, www.revolutionkitchen.com
Toast & Eggs
Taking Valentine’s Day off for a ski day for two? If your ski destination happens to be the Mad River Valley, this place has something to offer you. “Exciting News! We will be open for DINNER on Valentine’s Day (Monday 2/14),” the restaurant that’s normally only open for breakfast and lunch announced Feb. 3 on Facebook. “Prix Fixe menu, reservations required. Stay tuned for details.”
Toast & Eggs, 4752 Main St., Waitsfield. (802) 496-7644, www.toastandeggsvt.com
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